Friday, December 26, 2008

Young Muslims, punk music and “The Taqwacores..."

Five years ago, young Muslims across the United States began reading and passing along a blurry, photocopied novel called “The Taqwacores,” about imaginary punk rock Muslims in Buffalo.

Noureen DeWulf and Bobby Naderi, both actors, with Jay Verkamp, center, the sound mixer for the film version of Mr. Knight’s novel. The film was shot in Cleveland.

“This book helped me create my identity,” said Naina Syed, 14, a high school freshman in Coventry, Conn.
A Muslim born in Pakistan, Naina said she spent hours on the phone listening to her older sister read the novel to her. “When I finally read the book for myself,” she said, “it was an amazing experience.” More...
See also:
  1. Baghdad's boys band UTN1 and "While you can..."
  2. Zeb and Haniya, the Pakistan girl-band that's creating a stir...
  3. The Accolade, Saudi Arabia's all-girl rock band!!!

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